Joseph J. Holub

Joseph James Holub of Sag Harbor, a Korean War veteran, died on April 19 at Southampton Hospital at the age of 79. He had been ill for 15 years with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and died of complications of pneumonia after two months at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton.

Mr. Holub was “old school‚” his wife, MariAnne Holub, said. “He loved to hunt. He loved to go crabbing. He never really caught up to the times,” she said with a laugh. He was good person with a giving spirit, she said. “He would do anything for anybody.”

He was born at home on Feb. 18, 1936, to George Holub and the former Madeline Thompson, who lived on Noyac Road. He and his wife would later live in a house behind his parents’ house, on Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor. He attended Pierson High School and served in the Army in Korea between 1953 and 1956.

Mr. Holub was a builder. He worked for himself and then for John Ward of Sag Harbor and Bud Webb of East Hampton until he retired.

“Everyone knew him from Sag Harbor,” his wife said. He was a member of the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his wife, the former MariAnne Doyle, to whom he would have been married for 30 years in November, he is survived by five children, Joseph Holub Jr. of North Carolina, James Holub, John Holub, and Jason Holub, all of Sag Harbor, and Debbie Brokaw of Michigan. An older brother, Robert Holub of North Carolina, also survives, as do four grandchildren. Two brothers, Ed and Bill Holub, predeceased him.

Services were held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on April 22, followed by a private burial. Mr. Holub was cremated.

Memorial donations have been suggested to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 2725, Sag Harbor 11963.